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FoCUS e-Course

Course description

WINFOCUS FoCUS© is a course on the cardiac component of PoCUS specifically designed for critical care and emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, acute cardiac care clinicians, and all healthcare providers dealing with cardiovascular emergencies.
The course is targeted at those who are new to cardiac ultrasound. It covers the use of limited Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) in cardiac arrest, peri-resuscitation, and shock and as a screening tool for unstable patients in the ICU or any emergency setting.
It might also be of interest to more experienced echocardiographers interested in making the ultrasound investigation of the critically ill patient more efficacious and ALS-compliant.

The course (formerly known as WINFOCUS Basic Echo, WBE) has reached its 124th edition since 2008 and has been delivered in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Its educational content conforms to the proceedings of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Focused Cardiac UltraSound (Via G, Hussain A, Wells M, et al. International Evidence-Based Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound – J AM SOC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 2014).
As an additional benefit, it prepares for WINFOCUS FoCUS© International Certification.

18 credits UEMS EACCME® Europe, United States & Canada

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Course content

WINFOCUS FoCUS© is a course on the cardiac component of PoCUS specifically designed for critical care and emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, acute cardiac care clinicians, and all healthcare providers dealing with cardiovascular emergencies.
The course is targeted at those who are new to cardiac ultrasound. It covers the use of limited Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) in cardiac arrest, peri-resuscitation, and shock and as a screening tool for unstable patients in the ICU or any emergency setting.
It might also be of interest to more experienced echocardiographers interested in making the ultrasound investigation of the critically ill patient more efficacious and ALS-compliant.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the WINFOCUS FoCUS Course
  • FoCUS: Definition, Goals, Targets of the Exam
  • FoCUS: How to scan
  • FoCUS: How to control ultrasound machines
  • FoCUS Signs of Chronic Cardiac Disease
  • FoCUS Signs of LV Systolic Dysfunction
  • FoCUS Signs of RV Systolic Dysfunction
  • FoCUS Assessment of Intravascular Fluid Status
  • FoCUS Signs of Pericardial Effusion and Tamponade
  • FoCUS Signs of Obvious Valvular Pathology, Intracardiac Masses
  • FoCUS in Cardiac Arrest
  • FoCUS in Shock

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Learning tools

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Video lectures

A series of engaging video-lectures covers the theoretical background required to practice FoCUS over a total of 13+hours training time.

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Scientific literature

The relevant scientific literature that supports each lecture is highlighted, with direct links to Pubmed.

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Quizzes

Post-lecture quizzes supplement the video-lectures.
The quizz’s answers reinforce important learning points.

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Video Resources

Additional video resources help students “train their eyes” to recognize normal features and pathological findings.

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Cheat sheets

Downloadable cheat sheets, infographics, checklists, and report sheets support the use of FoCUS in clinical practice.

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Interactive cases

Interactive thought-provoking cases are included.
These are based on real patients.

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